This was meant to be a surprise. Obviously, it's not. The titles are also not helping. But push aside the titles. WE HAVE A GUEST TODAY. Molly from Molly's Book Nook is here to divulge the answers to all the why's, when's, what's and where's you could possibly have. And the interview is set out like a book! I KNOW, I'M OBSESSED BUT OH WELL.
Thank you for joining us, Molly! Now, let's get cracking! Featuring...
A little bit about myself: These type of questions are the hardest for me to answer... What do people want to know? I'm not interesting?! So, let's just start with my name is Molly (duh!). I'm married (which I also feel is a 'duh' moment because I have that posted everywhere!). We have two dogs and three rabbits. I'm a bit of an animal lover and have had many throughout my life, but that's what we have now.
A little more about my blog: It's a place where I talk about things that interest me. A place that I can talk about all the things that I love as it relates to 'nerdy' things. I also love to help others when it comes to blogging because I had such a hard time finding simple/easy to understand advice when I first started!
Three words that best describe my blog: Pink. Adapting. Honest.
I decided to start my book blog because... I don't have any friends who read like I do. Or read what I like to read. I didn't have anyone to talk about the books I love with. That's when I found the bookstagram community and fell in love with it. But I wanted a bigger space to talk about even more things I loved, like movies and TV. Enter the blog. I had NEVER read a book blog before, so I really entered having no clue how to do anything, but I'm glad I did!
The bloggers that inspired me and still do today... Some of the first bloggers I followed and who inspired a lot of my original design and posts were: Tracy from Cornerfolds, Rachel from Beauty and the Bookshelf, and Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner.
My first impression of the blogging community... Was actually scary! It's like sitting at a new table during lunch in high school with the girls you haven't really talked to but really want to be friends with. Seriously. I thought it was an elite group of people that all knew each other and would laugh at my face for even trying. Thankfully, that feeling didn't last long, everyone was extremely sweet and welcoming!
My best blogging moment... Was when I hit 100 official followers/subscribers on my blog. That was pretty awesome. Although, recently people have been including me in their 'Favourite Blogs' lists or including me in tweets where they answer to whom they aspire to be. I'm included with people like Cait from Paper Fury and other amazing bloggers and you have no idea HOW GOOD THAT FEELS. For someone to consider me a favourite or an inspiration is just... No words, guys, no words.
The book that changed my life... Is none? I know, I know, I'm a terrible bookworm. But I really wasn't a HUGE reader until two years ago. I always read throughout my life, but it wasn't like it is now. So, really, I don't even remember the first book I read. I think the first YA book I read was either Crank by Ellen Hopkins or Twilight... Sooo...
A popular book series I haven't read yet... You don't have time for this list. Like I said, I didn't become a huge reader until two years ago, so you could probably imagine all the series I'm behind on! Harry Potter, Throne of Glass, Percy Jackson, The Raven Cycle, Miss Peregrines, Shatter Me, A Darker Shade of Magic and so many more!
The book I thought was not worth my time... Is none. Okay, I do have some one star reviews (I'm lookin' at you, first book of Shatter Me) but I don't think they aren't worth my time. I would have never known that I didn't like it if I never read it. My mum always said "Don't knock it, 'till you try it". So, no book wasn't worth my time. It sucks when you invest time into a book you don't like, but at least now I know to either avoid the author, or the genre, or the type of story.
My favourite book: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which is more than one book, I know, but don't make me choose!). For YA: It changes. Right now, I love Six of Crows!
My favourite author: Tolkien. Duh! For YA, though: Bardugo and Lu are at the top of my list.
My favourite genre: NA and YA fantasy, depends on my mood.
My favourite series: See favourite book. But I also love The Grisha Trilogy.
My favourite place to read: In my room. I hate being outside, there're bugs, the sun makes my pages bright and the wind makes them blow around. It's annoying. So, safe in my room for me!
My favourite book blog: Don't make me choose! A few of them are: Cornerfolds, Paper Fury, Hiding Books, Metaphors and Moonlight, Rebel Mommy Book Blog, Lunch Time Librarian, Latte Nights, Novel Ink, Mara Was Here, Maureen's Books, Simply Adrift, Quartzfeather, and OMG... There are so many! I follow over hundred blogs...
My favourite quote from a book: I don't have one. I'm not one of those people who write down quotes or remember them. Some will stand out to me, but yeah, I just don't save them in any way.
I would rather read...
Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction
In brightness or in dim: Medium?
Snuggled up in bed or out in the garden: In bed
On a rainy day or a starry night: Rainy day. I'm the opposite of a night owl.
With piping hot coffee or a cheesy slice of pizza: OMG, BOTH. I CAN'T CHOOSE.
Chapter Three My favourite movie adaptation of a book: Oh, wow. Uh... The Lord of the Rings actually does a pretty good job. I also think that Game of Thrones is WAY better than the books. The character I would love to play in a movie adaptation is: Oh, boy! Oh, I'd love to play Bilbo in The Hobbit or Dany, so I can fly on the back of a dragon! Given a chance to make a book-based movie, I would choose the book: Wolf by Wolf, Vengeance Road, Anna and the French Kiss, Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows, New World: Rising, Legend. My ideal leading star cast for this movie would be: Hahaha, oh, shoot. Maybe I should have read this question before answering the one above. But honestly, I would have NO IDEA. The book I wish was never adapted into a movie: City of Bones (because then it lead to a TV show and they should really just stop). The Hobbit (because those were just... Bad...).
My blogging goals for the future: I'm actually in the process of re-evaluating my blog, so this is still a work in progress. What I've got so far: Reach X number of subscribers through all platforms (I don't want to give the number goal away). Increase number of book reviews. And write more posts ahead of schedule. My advice/tips to aspiring book bloggers: Don't feel pressured to do what other bloggers are doing. Don't compare yourself to other bloggers (I know this can be hard). Make sure you're always enjoying yourself while blogging. While it is time consuming, it should never feel like a burden. With those things said, put in the effort just like you would with anything else in your life. Summary: Be yourself, post what you want to post and put 100% effort in! Oh, and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you don't know how to do something, or if you want advice, ask. If no one else, I'm always willing to help! There is no shame in asking for help, advice, or feedback!
Wasn't that oh-so-lovely? Thank you, Molly, for the marvellous insight into your book world! Check out Molly's fabulous posts over at mollysbooknook.com. Happy reading!